Finding Hard To Find Food

After geeking out on the typical eggs, beans, tortillas, etc. for a number of weeks you may have a hankering for something a bit different—but the big question is where to pick up the specialty foods that you just can’t find easily in the markets. Good news. Your XelaWho’s investigative reporting team has undergone extensive work (actually, we just posted some questions on our facebook account) to discover where to find those foods you’ve had a hankering for.

Crunchy peanut butter. Miss those good ol’ PBJ sándwiches that Mom used to make? Hungover and wanting to eat an entire jar of peanut butter with a spoon?  Either way, Bake Shop (18 Ave btwn 1 & 2 Calle, Zone 3) makes its own crunchy peanut butter. Open Tuesdays and Fridays 9 AM-6 PM.

Tofu & Tempeh. Are you a vegetarian who is tired of explaining that chicken is not a vegetable? Hankering to get your soy on? Tofu and tempeh can be bought at Artesano (see ad below) for Q21/pound. If you’re able to phone ahead, you can make sure to order it fresh.

Soda other than Coke/Pepsi products. For whatever reason Pais and Walmart have started to carry Blue Sky Soda. Flavors include black cherry, raspberry, grapefruit and lemon lime. If you are sick of Fanta and whatever “Roja” is, pony up the Q6.50 at Xela’s big box behemoths for a treat that is good by itself or as a mixer.

Soy milk. “Comida Taiwanesa” is a little food stand on 8 Calle and 9 Avenida in Zone 1 that sells delicious empanadas Taiwanesas, as well as little cakes in the shape of animals. If you’re looking for something to wash it all down with there is soy milk at Q3/glass. If you bring your own container they’ll fill it up for you.

Fresh herbs. Sure, you can find dried spices in most any tienda, but any chef will tell you that fresh is much better. Walmart and Pais have a hit-or-miss selection—sometimes they have herbs, sometimes they don’t. Your best bet for fresh herbs is to check out the sellers in La Democracia by the carnecerias that sell flowers. They usually have basil, spearmint, cilantro, etc. And will sometimes have the plants itself for sale. What better way to cook than just going to your own plants for herbs?  For high quality herbs and spices also check out Artesano.

Have we left anything out? Send your hard-to-find food tips to and we’ll put do a second article later this year.

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